GLORY 54 Prelims Feature Five Fights Highlighted by Christi Brereton vs. Nicola Kaye
Thursday, May 24 2018
Top three GLORY 54 prelims to stream live on the GLORY YouTube channel,
GLORY Facebook page, and Pluto TV channel 215 on Saturday, June 2
GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, today announced the finalized five-fight preliminary card slated to precede GLORY 54 Birmingham and GLORY 54 SuperFight Series on Saturday, June 2.
In the evening's most anticipated preliminary bout, ISKA European titleholder Nicola "Canelita" Kaye (14-2-2, 4 KO, fighting out of England), ranked No. 1 in the UK at 52.5 kg, journeys up in weight for a superfight showdown against 25-year-old Christi "Blonde Boom" Brereton (19-6-1, 7 KO, fighting out of England), also ranked No. 1 in her respective weightclass of 55 kg.
Plus, Liverpool's Kevin Ward (41-10-1, 13 KO, fighting out of England) and Portugal's Wilker "The Black Panther" Barros (15-5-2, 6 KO, fighting out of England), ranked No. 1 and No 2 respectively in the UK at 77 kg, meet in a clash of Muay Thai styles. This fight is a tournament reserve bout, meaning the winner will join the GLORY 54 SuperFight Series welterweight qualifying tournament should any participants be unable to compete.
The five-fight GLORY 54 preliminary card can be found below:
GLORY 54 Prelims Welterweight Tournament Reserve Bout: Kevin Ward vs. Wilker Barros Catchweight (55 kg) Bout: Christi Brereton vs. Nicola Kaye Lightweight Bout: Vinny Church vs. Ben Woolliss Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Brad Stanton vs. Joe Himsworth Lightweight Bout: Dean Pattinson vs. Ciaran Smith
The top three GLORY 54 prelim bouts will stream live on the GLORY YouTube channel, as well as the GLORY Facebook page, and Pluto TV channel 215 on Saturday, June 2, with an expected start time of 12:45 p.m. ET / 9:45 a.m. PT.
Then, Congolese light heavyweight Danyo "Dibuba" Ilunga (58-13, 45 KO, fighting out of Germany) and GLORY newcomer Fraser Weightman (21-1, 15 KO, fighting out of England) headline GLORY 54 SuperFight Series, a seven-fight card showcasing some of the UK's top talent.
The seven-fight card for GLORY 54 SuperFight Series can be found below:
GLORY 54 SuperFight Series Light Heavyweight Headline Bout: Danyo Ilunga vs. Fraser Weightman Lightweight Co-Headline Bout: Christian Baya vs. Josh Jauncey Welterweight Bout: Richard Abraham vs. Adam Hadfield Lightweight Bout: Marat Grigorian vs. Liu Xu Lightweight Bout: Elvis Gashi vs. William Goldie-Galloway Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout 2: Mark Timms vs. Dawid Blaszke Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Bout 1: Jamie Bates vs. Tommie King
GLORY 54 SuperFight Series will stream live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 2.
Finally, GLORY heavyweight champion Rico "The King of Kickboxing" Verhoeven (53-10, 16 KO, fighting out of the Netherlands) seeks his seventh title defense against No. 7-ranked Mladen "The Scorpion Sting" Brestovac (56-12-1, 35 KO, fighting out of Croatia).
The four-fight card for GLORY 54 Birmingham can be found below:
GLORY 54 Birmingham Heavyweight Title Headline Bout: Rico Verhoeven vs. Mladen Brestovac Welterweight Title Co-Headline Bout: Harut Grigorian vs. Alim Nabiyev Featherweight Bout: Bailey Sugden vs. Aleksei Ulianov Featherweight Bout: Adrian Maxim vs. Chenglong Zhang
GLORY 54 Birmingham will be carried:
Saturday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT – Live on ESPN3
Tuesday, June 5 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT – ESPN2 Replay
Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT – ESPN Deportes (Spanish-language broadcast)
Tickets for GLORY 54 Birmingham and GLORY 54 SuperFight Series are on sale now, available for online purchase at theticketfactory.com or by telephone at 0844 338 0338.
The world's premier kickboxing league, GLORY World Series maintains six different weight classes. Fights take place both as single matches between two fighters known as 'superfights') and as part of tournaments.
Four-man tournaments are the standard, with eight-man tournaments also staged on occasion. The tournaments take one of two forms: either they are World Championship Tournaments, with the division's world title on the line, or they are 'Contender' tournaments, with the winner earning a spot in the next upcoming World Championship Tournaments.
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